Weight Gain for Skinny Lads

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    Jun 26, 2007 3:53 PM GMT
    Hi, I'm a 6 foot 5 lad and I am skinny. I train as regularly as I can, I eat an absolute heap of food (mostly healthy stuff) and for some reason I can't put on body mass. I don't know if it is my metabolism or if I am approaching this the wrong way, but I could really do with some help!

    When I train, I find that my muscle definition doesn't really remain for long and so I constantly feel like it's this massive uphill battle.

    Any skinny people out there who have gotten big? Any advice?

    cheers.
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    Jun 26, 2007 7:13 PM GMT
    LMAO...

    "...Eat three males day consisting of cards and protein..."

    I try, I try, but even in the Bay Area it's difficult to find those three guys. Yet, I know that there is lots of good protein to be had.
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    Jun 26, 2007 7:21 PM GMT
    I'm what people call a super-ekto. I can lose 10 pounds in a week if I want (I know, people hate me) because my metabolism is so freaking fast. But the key is to eat regularly and repeatedly and consistently

    Make sure you are eating a lot, even on those days when you are not working out. I used to weigh 130 pounds and started to work out hard and for the first three years I didn't adjust my eating to match. I gained some weight, but didn't really see any of the benefits - muscle tone or serious weight gain - that I wanted. Then I went to a nutritionist who worked with me on my goals, and advised that I eat 3 - 5 balanced meals per day. my trainer also suggested having 1 or 2 protein shakes a day in addition to my meals.

    One of the best tips I ever received was to make sure that I have protein within 45 minutes of finishing a workout - and not a protein shake unless I wasn't able to get home in time to eat. Also, if you want to gain weight, add some more carbs to the diet. I know nobody likes to do this, but carbs help gain weight, and if you are super skinny, extra carbs won't hurt you if you are working out.

    in the end, just eat - A LOT. worked for me
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    Jun 26, 2007 7:23 PM GMT
    How can you find time for 3 males a day if you're training 4 times a day?
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 26, 2007 7:27 PM GMT
    Yes. And the cards hold the protein together to keep the guy intact. Kind of like a golem. Animated with the Sefer Yetzirah! Made ambulatory for your digestive delight.
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    Jun 26, 2007 8:08 PM GMT
    LMAO!!! I don't know how you do it, but after eating one guy thoroughly a day, I'm pretty beat! :)
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    Jun 26, 2007 8:25 PM GMT
    I dunno, have you skinny lizzies not heard of cake!

    My particular favourites are Battenburg and Walnut cake. Yum.
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    Jun 27, 2007 4:27 AM GMT
    Have encountered the same problem as you and must say that next to eating up a storm, weightgainers have helped me a lot! I especially am a big fan of the brand called Russian Bear. This shake is the only one that is not high in lipids, but also mixes with water, milk or soy milk perfectly.
    When I started training intensively and going full force in my battle to gain weight and muscle i was made aware of the following:

    1) Eat at least one to one and a half times your pound weight in grams of protein... (I am 204 lbs; hence have to eat 204 to 300 grams of protein a day in order to gain muscle mass! This is more than one thinks...) Be creative! If you are sick of chicken, try edamame (pure protein), tofu, wheat gluten, or a juicy tuna steak!

    2) Since your protein intake will be high, do not forget about your carbs. At times I found myself at the gym without any energy!! You need your complex carbs!!

    3) I was always told I was a hard-gainer. No body fat is great and makes you have that glorious 6-pack that everybody wants, but in order to gain weight you must (next to eating like a mad dog) train hard on your training days (I train 3 hours a night on my gym days) and really rest on your rest days. Make sure you get your sleep in! This is when your body restores itself and builds those biceps... Hardgainers: use heavier weights and less reps. At least 3 excercises per muscle group...

    This is how I added 20 lbs to myself in about 2 months!! Do it bud... Pump that iron!!
  • mcwclewis

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    Jun 27, 2007 11:26 PM GMT
    Oh dear, the cake thing again...

    everyone wants us poor skinny folk to eat cake or cheeseburgers.

    Im not a fan of either. Im going to go mow down on a tub of Crisco with pork rinds and bacon grease.
  • DiverScience

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    Jun 27, 2007 11:59 PM GMT
    As usual, people overcomplicate the issue.

    There is one answer:

    If you want to gain weight of any sort (fat or muscle) you must eat more calories than your body can burn off as energy.



    Doing this involves different things for different people. Different equations have worked for different individuals. But the basic tenet holds true. Mass gain requires extra calories.

    How you get those calories... that's up for some debate. Don't cut out all your carbs, you'll have no energy. Don't cut out all your fats either, because your body does wierd things when you aren't inputting any fat at all. But stick to the "good" fats as much as possible (olive oil for example). Clearly you need to keep the protein high, but mostly even that you don't need over 1g/pound unless you are lifting at insane levels.

    Also remember, lifting is great for building muscle, but it also burns calories and increases your metabolism for hours. That means you're going to have to eat *even more* to make up for the calories you're burning. And as for how often... the only real answer is "what works." I do fine at 3 times a week + one day of non-gym activity. Other people can't make progress without going 5 days a week.

    But remember, calories in>calories out.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 28, 2007 4:21 AM GMT
    fitbit,first you need to find out how many calories you need to just maintain your present body weight,usually daily.This can be found in many good fitness books and/or internet websites.Then you need to increase your daily consumption of calories by several hundred a day.Also allow for the fact of training.To build muscle,you`re going to have to eat protein,like good quality,low fat meat,fish,cheese,egg whites,nuts,pulses,etc.Aim for about 1.5g of protein per kilogram of body weight,for eg.an eighty kilogram man needs one twenty grammes of protein a day.If you`re a "hard gainer"/very skinny/high metabolism,then eat regularly,don`t skip meals,and eat snacks as well.You may need to have one or two protein shakes a day on top of this.Finally,you`ll need to do weight training/resistance work,usually at a gym.All of the above worked for me,but stick at it,don`t expect major changes quickly.In a few months you`ll begin to see muscle development/definition,so be encouraged!All the best.
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    Jul 06, 2007 2:54 PM GMT
    i have a high metabolism and cant seem to gain weight..
    in the end,i juz took weight gain formula and protein and it works perfectly fine for me,lol..
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    Jan 27, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    Hey, I understand exactly where your coming from. I've been trying to gain weight for the past couple of years. I'm only 135 and I stand at 5'11
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    Jan 27, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    training and diet its a s simple as that if you dont know what you are eating how do you know how much training to do

    their are no such things as hard gainers, just hard learners and hard eaters
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    Jan 29, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    If you are severely underweight, despite an abundance of calories, you should get your thyroid levels checked.

    A hyperactive thyroid is hard on your heart, but, more than that you will be unable to gain weight and be very thin.

    In a couple of the cases listed here, if the guys are eating as much as they say, they should be able to maintain bodyweight. Either there's a medical condition, or they just aren't eating as many calories as they might think they are.

    Hyperthyroidism is very common. Hypothyroidism is common, too.
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    Jan 29, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    Fact is Chucky and you know this as well as I do that bulkers overestimate and dieters underestimate their calorie intake and requirements its as simple as that in most cases.

    Hyperactive thyroid whilst it does exist is an excuse more lean to rather than face the facts that its not the training plan and diet its how they are doing it ie wrong
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    Jan 30, 2008 6:54 AM GMT
    Yep
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    Jan 30, 2008 6:57 AM GMT
    scally said follow this.


    Train 4 times a day, you need more rest days
    Day 1 chest 2, back- rest 3 shoulders arms rest - , 4 legs rest .
    Eat three males day consisting of cards and protein, chicken, fish , eggs , turkey , veg and salad too. Then add two mass gainers protein shakes either pr-ogaine, pro mass, or e.a.s mass factor is a very good one. In total you need five meals , as well as protein shakes .and sleep after you train if you can slinny guys have faster metoblic rate and therefore burn calories more easily . To help your build up add vitamins esp vitamin C and add a banna to protein sake ps don’t buy any Holland Barret crap . good luck .


    Yes eat three males a day. cannabalism is a definite weight gain strategy. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 30, 2008 9:17 AM GMT
    Alexander89Yes eat three males a day. cannabalism is a definite weight gain strategy.


    It's not cannibalism. They consist of cards and proteins. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 30, 2008 11:08 AM GMT
    Sedative14 said[quote][cite]Alexander89[/cite]Yes eat three males a day. cannabalism is a definite weight gain strategy.


    It's not cannibalism. They consist of cards and proteins. icon_lol.gif[/quote]

    Its also a totally an incorrect statement.

    Eating more than 3 times a day is about optimisation and efficiency of delivering nutrients and whilst it does make a difference it is not the be all and end all.

    If you are getting all your calories required for the day in 3 sittings or even 1 sitting then growth will occur.

    But Scally suggested 3 meals a there were 5 feedings in his post ie you forgot about the protein shakes
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    Jan 30, 2008 7:56 PM GMT
    I sometimes eat 11 times.
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    Jan 30, 2008 8:02 PM GMT
    Damned skinny bitches. I look at a tic tac for too long and I gain 5 poundsicon_mad.gif
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    Jan 30, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    RBY71 saidDamned skinny bitches. I look at a tic tac for too long and I gain 5 poundsicon_mad.gif


    awww rby that new main piccy looks like you are sad and Im sittin here now and just wanna give you a cuddle put smiley face back on pwease
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    Feb 01, 2008 7:50 AM GMT
    bfg1If you are getting all your calories required for the day in 3 sittings or even 1 sitting then growth will occur


    icon_biggrin.gif woot. Glad to know that. I can't ever force myself to eat more than 3 times a day. If I exceed that, I end up with no appetite at all even in the next day. I do eat a lot in my meals.

    RBY71Damned skinny bitches. I look at a tic tac for too long and I gain 5 pounds


    Damn endo- and mesomorphs. I look at a tic tac and I don't even want to put it in my mouth. LOL

    RBY71 looks so much like my favorite Sean Cody star, LOL - Ajay.icon_redface.gif
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    Feb 03, 2008 1:34 AM GMT
    I have the same problem... My body will just devour all of my muscle in days if I don't eat more than about 3200 calories a day.

    Oddly enough, it will only eat the muscle... The brown fat I have just refuses to leave... Anyhow, I've found that cooking a lot of easy on the go snacks helps. Such as:

    Spiced hard boiled eggs, singular servings of a meat product, slim-fast (actually don't have any weight losing properties and have great nutrition), pre-measured shakes in ready to go cups, cubes of cheese and other such things.

    And Unfortunately, nothing is wrong with my thyroid... I wish sometimes when I look at my monthly food bill.

    ~Geo